Forms of Spam

by Nathan on May 29, 2012

Spam comes in all kinds of forms, shapes and sizes. OK, I’m not sure about shapes but you get the idea. It comes via email, comments, social media friends and followers, phone calls and so much more. It finds its way to just about everywhere.

Generally speaking it’s pretty easy to identify spam just by looking at it, but that’s not always the case.

Here are a just a couple examples:

Website comments: Spam coming in the form of a comment on a website will usually have a link in it and will be very generic. It will likely say nothing about the actual topic but will sound complimentary. Also, it will probably have several misspellings to make it look more like it was done by a human being. Here are a couple examples:

“Its like you learn my mind! You appear to grasp so much about this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I believe that you just could do with a few % to force the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.”

Then there’s this one:

“You may won’t be required to worry about cellulite problem if you end up younger. Nevertheless, as everyone reach this 30′s in addition to couple which has a busy existence that poor regular techniques, cellulite will start to show upwards slowly in addition to surely. With the exception of cellulite lotions and creams and lotions which may help for the short term, they actually don’t address the foundation of however, the problem. You demand proven training session to remove cellulite permanently, especially to the legs. This kind of exercise schedule was also featured upon local Television show; therefore dealing really remove cellulite.”

It’s obvious the writers of these comments have an agenda. It’s even more obvious these comments are spam. They’re not well written at all and they have literally nothing to do with topic.

Spam can also come in forms of personal profiles. It’s a little easier to disguise as you can simply pose as someone else. Setting up a picture, creating and creating a fake name is easy to do, and then the marketing begins. If you leave comments under that profile to ultimately draw attention to your business or website, you’re spamming.

Social bookmarking and sharing can also be a form of spam. By drawing your friends’ and peers’ attention to a site with the ultimate goal of driving traffic to a site, you are once again spamming. This form of spam however is very easily disguised so be as alert as possible.

 

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